ORT held an internal selection in order to decide the artist and song that would represent Russia. 53 songs were submitted to the production company Programma A, which selected the Russian entry by assembling a jury panel that included Yury Saulsky, Maksim Dunaevsky, Alexander Kutikov, Yuri Aksyuta and Sergei Arhipov. The jury selected the song "Primadonna" performed by Alla Pugacheva. The head of the jury, Konstantin Ernst, revealed that second place went to the song "Angel" performed by the duo Chai vdvoem. Other artists that submitted songs included Nogu Svelo, Zhanna Dobrovolskaya and Andrei Kosinsky.
After being selected, Pugacheva stated that she was not the intended performer for the song. She had written the song for a male vocalist and the lyrics were written from a male perspective. However, the male singer, Valery Meladze, was ill for the internal selection and Pugacheva took the song on as her own.